Congrats to Rynae Benson for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!
Nominating Organization: Colette’s Children’s Home
Honoree Category: Human & Community
Why Nominated: When Rynae started volunteering with Colette’s Children’s Home (CCH), a home for homeless woman with children, she wasted no time jumping in and becoming involved in any way possible. In her first year volunteering, she worked with CCH staff, and with members of CCH Board of Directors. Rynae worked with the women and children to identify their needs and developed a plan in order for them to have their needs met. In 2010 she started organizing weekly activities for a weekly children’s group program and helped implemented a birthday club for the homeless children. For Valentine’s Day she prepared personalized gifts from the children to their mothers. In Spring, Rynae has put together hundreds of Easter Baskets and eggs for egg hunts for the children and captured their smiles with her camera as they received them. In May she organized a group of volunteers to gather donations of robes & slippers and put together gift bags together for the Mother’s.
In fall Rynae and her son held a Halloween costume drive to donate costumes to the children who would have not been able to celebrate Halloween. In 2012 Rynae joined the fundraiser advisory board where Rynae found another way to dedicate her time and services to CCH. In addition, Rynae has worked passionately to involve and educate others about homeless issues and stewardship activities.
For the past three years Rynae has organized co-workers, family members and friends to adopt families for Christmas. The roles that Rynae has taken on go above and beyond. The energy and enthusiasm she has towards helping is contagious and has played a large role in her efforts to recruit other volunteers. She participates in the Verizon Volunteer Incentive program and has had proceeds awarded to Colette’s Children’s Home. All of her deeds are extremely thoughtful and are appreciated by the women, children, and staff of Colette’s Children’s Home. She is a shining example of the diverse volunteer opportunities within Colette’s Children’s home and we look forward to her continued leadership.
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